Kent State looks to recruit first-generation students

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Kent State will launch a new initiative in February to recruit low-income, first-generation students to college — any college.

KSU President Lester Lefton told trustees on Wednesday that See You@College will collaborate with community groups, nonprofits and national foundations to reach students who may not have college on their to-do list.

“We’re just trying to do the right thing,” Lefton said. “We’ll get our fair share [of students].”

The university will hold a conference on Feb. 13 at the Kent campus to train “ambassadors.” Greg Darnieder, a senior adviser with the U.S. Department of Education, and John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, will be keynote speakers. About 300 community leaders who mentor young people in churches, clubs and the like have been invited to learn how they can shepherd them into higher education.

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